SA’s mining, automotive, steel, and construction industries are bracing for the worst as the country’s biggest union says it will strike from October 5 for better pay in the steel and engineering sector.

Employers in the sector have voted for a lockout should the strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) go ahead. A lockout entails an employer refusing employees access to the workplace, effectively rendering it impossible for any workers to perform their duties and get paid...

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